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Out of style or hopefully making a comeback?

October 6, 2010

The “fro”. Out of style or making a comeback? Niko Kranjcar. Out of form or out of favor? With the rise of one star, another must fall. In this particular circumstance, let’s hold hands and pray that’s not the case.

Van Der Vaart’s instant success (knocking on my wooden desk as I type) in the squad has been nothing short of brilliant for Spurs. And thankfully (sometimes not), history has a way of repeating itself at the Lane.

Around this same time last year, Levy and co. struck the mother of all transfer deals of the 2009 /2010 season:

Niko Kranjcar for approximately £2 million. A mouthwatering deal at the dying end of the summer transfer market.

Niko smoothly sailed into the hearts of Tottenham supporters and was rightfully greeted with open arms. At a time when we lost Modric to a terrible injury, his Croat compatriot came in and carried the duties on the left flank (a time before Bale was re-discovered). Cutting into the middle of the pitch with some of the sexiest ball control skills seen, Niko added another wild card to the mix: he could score.

In addition, Niko was able to gel with the team within weeks because he had tenure under Harry, played with Crouch and Defoe at Pompey, while also having experience playing with Modric and Corluka for the Croatian national team. It was a match made in heaven.

Kranjcar remained an integral part of the squad until he was injured in the FA Cup Semi-Final match against Portsmouth, which unfortunately ended his season. None of us honestly know how and if he has truly recovered from that setback.

The last second arrival of VDV is not something I would consider a major blow to Niko; however, the fact that the only sight we get of him is warming up on the side lines does ring a few alarms. Is he on his way out? Is he a part of Harry’s plans? January 2011 will tell all.

There’s still a long season ahead. God only knows what injuries await us. If recent trends are anything to live by, then our road to success is currently under construction. Niko will have his chance, I’m sure of that. Whatever factors result in that happening, I’m hoping are for the right reasons rather than out of necessity.

It’s hard to watch somebody as talented as Niko twiddling his thumbs on the bench. His hand in our Champions League qualification and Premier League success adds a bit of salt to the wound. But this is the game of football. You’re a hero one second… a Recaro seat-warmer the next.

This is also a different Tottenham. Qualification for the Champions League potentially signals a massive shift in momentum for our beloved Spurs, keeping in mind that we are also inching ever-so-close to a new stadium deal as well. My point being that the players we currently have who show a wealth of potential, promise and commitment, could eventually take the back seat with new exposure. New, bigger name players will be scouted and signed with hopes and promises of pushing us forward.

This does not mean that I want to see the backside of Niko. He has the exact qualities we need at Tottenham. If he’s the type of player I believe he is, he’ll put up a passionate fight until the very end. If he doesn’t, then maybe Harry has been right to keep him on the bench all this time. I’m praying for the former characteristic to shine.

There is no looking back. The pressure turned on once we tasted success. We should only want more… our players as well. Otherwise, lock the gates, remove the copper cockrel from the roof and call it quits.

[Photo Source: Tomislav Miletic/24sata]

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OMG!!!

September 7, 2010

Tottenham Hotspur sign a brilliant midfielder on one hell of a “wheeler dealer” (shh… don’t tell ‘Arry) snag and now every reporter in the world seems to think we have a huge problem on our hands.

“Where will he play? Who will be benched? OMG”. That’s all the jive these days. I thought we had a massive problem when we couldn’t sign anyone? But in the end, that’s what they want us to believe. Headlines baby! It sells.

Our game against Wigan proved that you can never have enough options in the creativity department, especially when it comes packaged in the form of Van Der Vaart. For heaven’s sake boys, this guy can actually score and isn’t afraid to go for goal. Hudd and Modric may be great when paired together, but a goal scoring threat they definitely are not. Even our forwards aren’t much of a threat these days.

So how did we go from too little to too much in one simple purchase during the window? Okay, some players will be sad that they’ve been benched and all that jazz. Who cares!?!?! You want your position? Fight for it. Defend well. Create play. Score goals. The formula is quite simple if you want to be a regular on the starting squad. Ask Bale. He found it. He could very well be re-writing it at this point.

It’s almost guaranteed that if Bentley came back and was in blistering form, we would all support giving him a go and benching Lennon till his form returned. Fickle supporters they say? Not necessarily. We want a team that’s in form and will deliver every night; even during Spurs XI matches. I don’t care if Kevin Bond has to come in and contribute while Joe Jordan breaks a few legs “Soprano” style. We want to win!

I’m sure Harry would much rather have a migraine from too much talent to choose from rather than being short of it. Man City have yet to gel as a squad and that isn’t considered a migraine, it’s a colossal brain hemorrhage with all the cash they’ve spent. I’m sure they’ll come together and if Mancini can manage their egos properly, they will be hard to stop.

Having said that, Spurs are lucky Harry knows how to deal with big egos. The only problem is he may deflate one or two in the process, causing minor, and in some instances, irreparable damage to their form.

Bringing in Van Der Vaart was a great piece of business. Adding him to a midfield roster filled with the likes of Hudd, Modric, Palacios, Jenas, and Kranjcar shouldn’t be looked at as a threat, it should be regarded as a positive.

Controversy at the Lane… 4-5-1 away?

August 21, 2010

Controversy strikes Tottenham as “washed up” Gallas is on his way to the Lane. Whichever way you look at it, the move is sure to add a little flame to the NLD fire.

Players are players. You’ll hate them as long as they don someone else’s kits. They come and go making goosebumps appear across our bodies the day they sign, then disgust or relieve us when they sign for someone else. A French-speaking player by the name of BAE once honestly admitted that he “plays for the money”. Period. A fickle sport you say? What isn’t?

And now on to today’s fixture at Stoke. Their’s a possibility we could face the Potters without Keane, Defoe, Gio or Pav. Apparently, the battle scars from Young Boys have yet to heal. So a 4-5-1 formation is in order then, eh? I don’t know if I see Crouch up front on his own. Can Kranjcar play off of Crouch as a make-shift striker?

It will be a struggle.

Stoke have added Kenwyne Jones to their squad and he wants to prove that he was worth it. Their midfield will be parked, leaving little room to move forward. We’ll have to ooze our way through like goo. A friend of mine says to “expect the long ball”. All I can say is we’re in for a long one.

COYS!

Is there anybody out there?

August 1, 2010

Two mere weeks away from our first Premier League fixture and no signings in site. I am confident that there will be some sort of acquisition in the coming weeks. But who? The player(s) we do bring in will obviously have to have a direct impact on the squad. After all, this is Spurs highest profile season in almost 50 years.

Some supporters think that by buying young Sandro Ranieri at the beginning of the summer, we have the luxury of slotting him into the squad lineup when Manchester City come to visit. Unfortunately, he won’t be ready for quite some time because the Brazilian’s term with the club begins when his commitments with Internacional of Brazil end.

As the World Cup came to a close, Spurs were heavily linked with Joe Cole, Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez, Scott Parker, Diego Forlan and Spartak Moscow keeper Stipe Pletikosa. Cole obviously snubbed the lilywhites to go play under the new Roy Hodgson regime. A part of me was sad that even Champions League football wasn’t enough to convince a high profile player to come to the Lane. Did he not believe in our cause? Some will argue that he’s not good enough and all that jazz; however, at the end of the day, Harry really wanted him and Levy was out negotiating the deal. To not get him was a blow to our management, I’m sure.

The other deal which we are expecting to happen is Bellamy. It’s no secret that he’s currently surplus to requirements at Man City under Roberto Mancini, and he obviously has a great relationship with Harry (remember his smile after we secured 4th). It’s only a matter of time before we see him holding up a lilywhite & blue scarf, right? Not quite as it now seems that Mark Hughes and Fulham are planning to hijack the Welsh nomad (if you believe the media). Call it payback for the Crouchie snub, call it what you want. Are we getting dicked in the market?

So I ask the question again: who will be coming to the Lane? Is it possible we could land Suarez? I don’t know about that. Scott Parker? Most fans don’t think he’s good enough. Who knows anymore. but thank the heavens that we haven’t witnessed an influx and exodus of players who we have no idea if they’re capable of playing Spurs-style footy come the beginning of our campaign.

COYS!

Sandro speaks!

July 29, 2010

Not much is out there regarding our new boy Sandro, which could make him the cock-tease transfer of the year! But with a little Youtube searching here and there, a lengthy interview has surfaced which gives us pretty good insight into his character. Unfortunately, the clip uses minimal highlight reel but there is enough to whet your appetites. Enjoy!

Joe Cole signs… but not for Spurs

July 19, 2010

So he’s gone to Liverpool to ride off into the sunset with Roy Hodgson. I think they’ve done well with this pick. He will definitely be a huge asset to their attacking game, as long as he stays healthy. Now, whether they lose Torres or not is another thing.

So who will join Tottenham? Who will be Harry’s first signing? Seems to be Stipe Pletikosa, the Croatian keeper from Spartak Moscow. WOOOOOOHOO…hoooo…ahem…hoo… man, this is dull.

In cased you missed this clip doing the rounds on the internet, enjoy!

The worst kept secret

July 11, 2010

Everyone can see it coming. How can’t they? Harry has practically laid out the itinerary for Levy’s approach to seal a deal. It’s a matter of funds and wages. Period. Harry has openly drooled at the prospect of bringing Cole to the Lane, obviously feeling that he is a player who could take the squad to the next level.

How do the supporters feel? I’m sure there are mixed emotions. Why would we want a player who has had a recent spat of injuries? Why would we want a player who has been released on a free? Why would we want a player who did nothing at the World Cup? The list of questions go on and on…

There is another school of thought behind this transaction. Cole’s experience in all competitions. Hard-working ethic. Skill. Leadership qualities. A bargain purchase except for the potential unrest which could be caused due to his wage demands.

One thing I have realized about Harry though, he is a man that has always managed his relationships with care, attention and respect. Other than just go after new players he’s never managed, he tends to also keep a lookout for players he has had experience managing. Case in point: Defoe, Crouch, Kranjcar, Kaboul (Boateng anyone?). Granted, all were Pompey players who wanted to avoid the sinking ship; however, he was still able to woo them when needed.

My point? He is piecing together the puzzle from his past experiences. Cole is another piece Harry wants. I’m not saying he will not go after new players, but he will search for experience first and foremost. Experience under his management. Experience under others. Experience, experience, experience.

A summer where we could potentially bring in Cole and Forlan (if you believe the media) would be a massive success in my opinion. The latter seems to be a stretch, but you never know. After all, our manager doesn’t really know how to keep a secret. We’ll have a good idea of our fate very soon.

COYS!!

Resurfacing…

July 9, 2010

Sitting in front of my computer, fingers resting on the home keys and ready to bang out this post, I must admit that I feel a bit intimidated. I haven’t posted anything in quite some time due to personal reasons and the fact that I was in need of a break. During this quiet – bar those damn vuvuzelas – period, I decided to set a personal goal for myself: I will work hard at developing my writing when it comes to Tottenham.

Reading so many of the other Spurs blogs, I have realized that we have so many great sites to pick and choose from. We need not depend on the likes of the Daily Mail and The Sun for a good read in the morning. If you don’t believe me, just visit the sidebar on this site and go through the list. Quality writing with heart oozing through each and every paragraph. Lucky I tell ya!

That is why I chose to take a break. I needed time to explore how to better my writing and to develop my skills to match some of the great Tottenham blogs out there. If I achieve 30% of that, I will be happy.

So enough of the drama and lets revert back to Spurs. Shall we?

With the World Cup coming to a close, our moves in the transfer market could be right around the corner. It has been kicked off with Levy securing Autonomy as our Premier League shirt sponsor. The man is freakishly creative when it comes to making money. I want to lick his bald head.

Reading all the talk from the web, you would be forgiven for thinking that Spurs were going to sign the entire Uruguayan attack lineup. Whatever signings we do complete in this market, they must be willing to die for the cause. Is Joe Cole that type of player? I honestly cannot say at this point. Harry seems to think so, and I trust the gaffer blindly. It feels great to admit to that. For once, I can fully trust a manager with the fate of our season in his hands.

Thanks Harry.

“That’s all folks!”

February 3, 2010

The short-lived January window officially came to a close the other night with a few surprises, twists and turns. It wasn’t the usual erratic Tottenham we’ve all grwon to love, but it was filled with the ever-redundant Harry vs. Pav quotes constantly gracing Newsnow. Snooze.

So we all know that Gudjohnsen and Kaboul have arrived. The signing of Gudjohnsen was a positive move in my opinion, a player who has played at the highest level and has tasted success. He may be off in the fitness department, but I’m sure Harry sees something promising in having him around. In regards to Kaboul, I guess it was a deal which was done out of necessity more than admiration. Woodgate has been unable to overcome his groin injury, while at the same time we cannot depend on King to stay healthy game-in game-out. We need options. Whether Kaboul is up for the job is another question. Apparently, he also has the ability to slot into the RB role, where since Hutton and Naughton (both RBs) have been loaned out, Corluka will desperately need cover.

Giovanni Dos Santos has also been loaned out to Galatasaray. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him. I worry though that all these loan spells have done nothing to boost his morale at Tottenham. Not being wanted can have a major affect on any player. Bent. Who am I kidding? Act like a professional FFS.

So it was looking to be a boring window, but then came the highlight of it all. Keane’s move to Celtic could be the highest profile transfer of this window. I’m sure Celtic fans would like to think so. I mean, at the end of the day, he’s back at his “boyhood club”. It makes me wonder if Keano could be the luckiest player in the world? I mean, to play for both of your boyhood clubs in the span of two years must be an amazing accomplishment. Not.

Leeds tonight. Praying for success.

The need to settle down

January 1, 2010

Now that 2010 has arrived, one tends to sit back and reflect on 2009 and see what positives he / she could build on to make the new year a better one.

I’ve already posted on the looking back bit, but there is a key factor that will determine our success in the coming months. It popped into my head this morning when I was slowly rolling out of bed (post-new year celebratory mode) that the January window is upon us, which means other teams and managers will be doing whatever it takes to unsettle our squad, especially if we’re pushing for any of the top spots.

Harry and Levy will have to make this January window a smooth transition with quick transactions, if any. Players who are on their way out need to be perished! Players on their way in should be secured early. No Prima Donnas! We need the hardworking team-oriented type. The Kranjcar(s), Palacios(es) and Crouch(es) of this world. We don’t want a PR machine. We want top 4!

Yes, I said it and took the liberty of speaking on your behalf too. We want top 4!

With the way we have been playing lately, we are showing all the right signs of breaking into the top 4. Whether we imitate Aston Villa’s attempted top 4 run of last season is another story (they ran out of wind at the end), but we should aim for the maximum and die trying. I know many of you are cringing at my potential jinxing of our whole season, but we do have the players to pull it off. I believe it! Now, getting them to play with 150% focus and determination is another issue, but that’s not my job now… is it Mr. Redknapp?